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Using Vodka for cleaning

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  1. jodamon

    jodamon Full Member

    Oct 15, 2013
    MA, USA
    Is there anything that shouldn't be soaked in vodka?
  2. toddrhodes

    toddrhodes Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 15, 2012
    United States
    I cleaned out two clearomizers last night using rubbing alcohol and then ran them under very hot water (even boiled one) and both came out great. Honestly, it sounds like you're wasting perfectly fine vodka :) With that said, I didn't protect anything in the setup but I'm not sure what you're using, attys, cartos, just cleaning tanks?
  3. mooreted

    mooreted Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 10, 2011
    Everything is better soaked in Vodka.

    Don't soak a battery in any kind of liquid, naturally, but you can use it to clean tanks and cartos and the connection on the battery, drip tips, etc.
  4. tj99959

    tj99959 ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Aug 13, 2011
    Hell, drink the vodka, and the dirty atties won't matter.
  5. DaveOno

    DaveOno ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Yea, my ex girlfriend.
  6. Ryedan

    Ryedan ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 31, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    I don't know of any clearos or attys you can't just throw in Vodka or rubbing alcohol. The problem with rubbing alcohol is it's really unhealthy to breath it so you have to make sure it's all gone before you vape with the device.

    ETA: PGA (pure grain alcohol) if you can find it is cheaper than Vodka. Everclear is one name it's sold under here.
  7. H Niemand

    H Niemand Super Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 14, 2011
    Philly PA
    I use PGA, EVERCLEAR, brand. I pay about $17 a fifth and $10 a pint. Works great on my clearos. Air dries really fast.
  8. Vapo Marx

    Vapo Marx Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 20, 2013
    New York
    I bought vodka for cleaning clearomizers, etc. under the mistaken assumption that Everclear was still banned in my state. Turns out that it's been legal for a few years now so I might give it a try. I'm a little concerned about how PGA might affect the plastic parts and glues used in the clearomizer, however.
  9. hardc0d3r

    hardc0d3r Full Member

    Mar 14, 2013
    Will vodka remove the smell of the ejuice?
  10. Ryedan

    Ryedan ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 31, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    Most of the time a hot water rinse will do it. If it doesn't, Vodka is better, but some strong flavors will require a dry burn too. I've heard of some people just not being able to get rid of a flavor and they end up leaving it in one device all the time if they want to continue to vape it.
  11. zahzoo

    zahzoo Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 12, 2013
    AR, USA
    I'm not convinced any alcohol... PGA, Vodka, or rubbing... is even necessary for cleaning clearomizers. Been rinsing well with hot water for months now.

    Given all the ingredients in juice is water soluble... what is it in the alcohol that folks believe it's cleaning/removing that just plain ole hot water can't?
  12. 03FXDWG

    03FXDWG Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 22, 2013
    East Central, Missouri
    I use the cheapest vodka around in my area (Popov) and I would desperately need a bloody Mary before I ever drank it--nasty--but it works very well for soaking my equipment without fear of torching me or my stuff like isopropyl alchohol will do. It gets rid of all the flavors I use but I don't use any tobacco or sweet, dark, thick stuff at this time so I don't know how well it would work. My experience tells me it will work better than any other "water" method including boiling.
  13. jwhyde1

    jwhyde1 Full Member

    Jul 23, 2013
    Kennesaw Ga USA
    I replace my coil and wick ,rinse out my tank with hot water, and its good to go
  14. rhean

    rhean Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 10, 2013
    Madison, Wisconsin
    I use hot water for rinsing; never had the need for vodka or everclear. I just went from cinnamon to black honey tobacco after a rinse. Started off tasting like black honey with cinnamon, but cinnamon dissipated after vaping a quarter of the tank. It turns out that black honey tastes yummy with cinnamon; might make a juice based on combining those flavors :)
  15. Jayvaps

    Jayvaps Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 22, 2013
    South Florida
    I use really cheap vodka. And I often reuse it. I have a small little Rubbermaid container I keep with the lid on so it doesn't evaporate. When I want to clean a head, I drop it in there and leave it for a few hours, take out and let air dry. I find the vodka drys quicker than water, leaves no after taste, wot rust coils like water can, and is better than ISO or other alcohols as I am not worried about any residuals.

    When my vodka bath appears dark, I just replace it. I go thru a couple of shots of vodka a week. A big bottle of the cheap stuff will last a long time using this method IMO.
  16. toddrhodes

    toddrhodes Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 15, 2012
    United States
    The tank I cleaned out with RA and hot water last night had the strongest flavor in it that I own AND is a very dark juice. After cleaning and dry-burning about 5 times for 3 seconds each, I refilled it with Zombie Apocalypse and I got hints of Thin Mint (the old flavor) for the first 3-4 pulls. After that, nothing. For what it's worth.

    Edit - to clarify, I was not cleaning a rebuildable clearo, just a wickless C5.
  17. Ranic85

    Ranic85 Moved On

    Sep 12, 2013
    This post makes me sad, all this talk is alcohol abuse! You are supposed to drink it, or if you are a hippy teenager you can vape the alcohol!
  18. jaytongret

    jaytongret Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 31, 2013
    PGA works really well. I use it for more tanks n drip tips before I trade or sell or when I am sick.

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  19. Jayvaps

    Jayvaps Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 22, 2013
    South Florida
    The vodka I use to clean I would not drink.
  20. patkin

    patkin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    Arizona USA
    I've used vodka and 91% rubbin alcohol in the past but don't find results any different than the way I do it without them. Just referring to heads or atties, my cleaning begins before any washing/soaking. It won't work if you can't use PG but... I fill the emptied clearo with plain (sometimes zero nic, sometimes with nic) PG to about 1/4 and vape it. Then I let it sit at least a day before washing. Then I use hot tap water microwaved a minute, put the atties/heads in it and stir. I use pretty clear juices and only clean about every 6-10 fills but do see some ash in the water with this first step. I do this a second time with new water and keep repeating until no ash is in the water. So far, this works fine. I have wondered, though, if I let them sit longer after vaping PG I would get more ash but haven't had the patience for it so far... I like to "giterdone."
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